Weddings Part 2: Evening Weddings

evewed12evewed4evewed2evewed11evewed10evewed7evewed1evewed8evewed5evewed9evewed6**I had the amazing opportunity to attend the wedding of my friend in Laconia, NH which was just so perfectly timed for this post! The venue was absolutely beautiful and the ceremony was right on the water. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple, Congratulations Lindsay & Matt!**

In part one we talked about how to dress casually elegant for a day time wedding; therefore, it is only natural to discuss evening-wear. There is something ultra glamorous about evening events, I just picture dim lighting, glimmering decor, and an overall romantic atmosphere. Now, what do we wear?

Bright colored prints and pieces of that nature should be kept during daytime events. For evenings, think romantic soft hues and deep jewel tones, add interest with accessories or unique silhouettes and details. It is important to remember to be tactful when you are putting your look together, “too much” can be easily obtained and will overwhelm your elegance. One statement making piece will be plenty, the rest should just compliment and flatter.

1) Color: This season I’ve been loving really soft blush nudes. These colors look so chic any time of day so they will transition perfectly when the sun sets. Especially if the wedding is outdoors, the evening light can sometimes make you want to dress super vibrantly, but keep in mind that it will eventually get dark. Deep jewel tones are also amazing options for evening weddings and look incredible in all lights. The dress style can be anything from all over lace to a flirty A-line, just be sure it is appropriateĀ for the occasion. Keeping colors simple and neutral will allow you to re-wear the dress to other weddings or events styled differently each time. I recommend making sure you are aware of the bridesmaids dress color before choosing a colored dress, just in case the bride picked it for her ladies.

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Missguided

Missguided

ASOS

ASOS

2) Metallic: Can’t pick a color? Try a dress in a metallic tone or a black dress with metallic details. These will sparkle and shine all night no matter the lighting, so you will surely stand out amongst the other guests. The style should be sleek and a bit refined, since you probably don’t want to appear like you stepped off the stage in vegas. Amp up the class by targeting your favorite features without revealing everything at once, it is a wedding after-all.

Venus

Venus

Modcloth

Modcloth

Tobi

Tobi

3)Bits & Baubles: Over accessorizing is done much too often, but is easily avoidable. To some, getting dressed up entails putting on a necklace and matching earrings and bracelet. If you want to wear a statement necklace there is nothing wrong with that, but just be sure not to wear statement earrings too. Try it in front of your mirror, put on a statement necklace with statement earrings, then take the earrings off and replace with studs or something simple, you’ll most likely notice that the two together aren’t necessary. If your dress or shoes are what you want to draw attention to then tone down the jewelry and just use it for accent and extra shine. Don’t forget that a nice cocktail ring can make a powerful statement too!

Coco Loves Rome

Coco Loves Rome

J. Crew

J. Crew

Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar

Personally, I don’t like to attend weddings with a bag because I just feel it gets in the way and its one more thing to worry about all night, I prefer to use my handy dandy date’s pockets, or my mom’s purse at a family wedding. If you absolutely need to carry a bag just make sure it is either your statement piece or complimentary to your outfit. A wedding is the perfect occasion to be the most glam version of yourself, just make sure you aren’t super uncomfortable or you won’t have a good time. If you’re not able to dance in it, don’t buy it!

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Here, Similar, Similar

Shoes: Here

Necklace: Similar

Weddings Part 1: Day Weddings

wedding13unnamedwedding2wedding12wedding3wedding6wedding9wedding10wedding8Tis the season, wedding season that is, I’m sure many of you have one or more to attend this summer. The warm weather and relaxed season are the perfect recipe for love birds tying the knot. As a wedding guest, you’ll have to plan what to wear which can be time consuming and stressful. To make it simple, take into consideration the time of day that the wedding takes place. Typically events in the evening are more formal and events during the day are more casual, unless otherwise specified by your invitation. Use this as a general rule of thumb to narrow down the options and help your outfit not be extremely over the top or too underwhelming. I feel that there is a certain casual elegance you can achieve at a day-time wedding that differs tremendously from evening-wear. You can find pieces that will stand out on their own or dress up a simple design with the perfect accessories.

1) Print & Color: If the wedding takes place outdoors, this option will be perfect. Your ensemble will have visual appeal while not being overly formal, great for an outdoor setting. Bright floral prints are exceptionally beautiful and will photograph great in the daytime sun. Look for fit-and-flare styles that are ultra flattering on many different shapes as well as super flirty and feminine. You’ll also be able to wear whichever dress you choose any day of the week and not be wasting your money on something for a wedding.

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal

Forever 21

Forever 21

Tobi

Tobi

2) Maxi’s & Jumpsuits: To opt for something modern and unexpected, try jumpsuit or maxi dress. These options can be solid, printed, basic, or anything in between. No matter your age, body type, or personal style, you will certainly find a great maxi dress or jumpsuit to wear to your event. It is so easy to elevate even the simplest versions with the right accessories.

Modcloth

Modcloth

Boo Hoo

Boo Hoo

Lulu's

Lulu’s

3) Accessories: Here is where you’ll be able to transform a seemingly casual dress into one fit for a wedding. In some cases, the items stated above might not be quite enough on their own, so it is up to you to add the bells and whistles, or sparkle and shine and complete the look for the occasion. A wedge or strappy heel will be an ideal option for your feet. Also, your jewelry shouldn’t be too overwhelming, so choose one statement accessory and have all others be complimentary to that.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Lucky Brand

Lucky Brand

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe

Stay tuned for Part 2: Evening Weddings, for the scoop on what to wear to a formal wedding!

My Outfit Details:

Look 1

Dress- Similar

Shoes- Here

Necklace- Similar

Look 2

Dress- Similar, Similar

Shoes- Here

Ring- Similar

Swim City

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swim2swim6swim9swim8swim10swim12swim11swim14swim3swim17There are plenty of guides out there on how to find the perfect bathing suit to fit your unique body type, shape, size, etc. however it’s essential to understand that we all come in different shapes and we should embrace our differences rather than stress about them because there is no universal ideal body. Summer goes by in a flash, so let’s not waste our time worrying and just get outside and enjoy! It’s too hot out to not strip down to your swim-skivvies and get a little wet. Swimwear has changed dramatically in recent years and with each season more and more new trends, details, and styles emerge. Here is the low down on what to expect in 2015.

1) Statement: bright, bold, detailed. You will be easily recognized if you opt for statement swimwear. Designers are really getting creative with new ways to turn heads on the beach. From tiny cutouts, to intensely strappy details, or gemstones galore, it won’t be hard to get noticed no matter where you go. It’s no longer about letting it all hang out and showing the most skin, a one-piece can be just as sexy and eye catching as a bikini. Try one with a fun graphic and stand out from the crowd.

Anthropoligie

Anthropologie

Everything But Water

Everything But Water

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

2) Sport: Not just for beach volleyballers anymore. Sporty swim is on the rise, much like wearing yoga pants while not doing yoga. Color blocking, zip up tops, and mesh cut-outs are what add some spice to the sport swimwear of old. If you’re not the type of person that loves those ultra-feminine, fluttery bandeau tops, then a sport-inspired swimsuit may be just what you need.

Aerie

Aerie

Forever 21

Forever 21

Pac Sun

Pac Sun

3) Emphasize, Enhance, Cover: Today’s swim is so much more than just a one piece or two piece. Swimwear designers really take into consideration women’s bodies and have created so many options based on your needs or preferences. You can cover up the parts you are self conscious about, emphasize your best features, and enhance where you feel you may be lacking.

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

Moana Bikini

Moana Bikini

Victoria's Secret

Victoria’s Secret

The market is full of anything from slimming silhouettes to full coverage tops so you can hold it all together while at the beach or pool. If you want to show that all those squats are paying off, opt for a Brazilian bottom that offers minimal coverage and maximum sexiness. For all my fellow small chested girls, you can find tops that are push-up padded to enhance your figure. No matter what you’re self conscious about, there’s a way to mask it with the diversity of today’s swimwear.

It’s important to know that you don’t have to wear what society tells you is right for your body. If you feel comfortable and confident in something then there is no reason why you shouldn’t wear it.

Swimsuit Details:

Look 1

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Look 2

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Look 3

Top: Here

Bottom: Here

Naughty Nautical

nautical1nautical4nautical2nautical3nautical5 nautical7nautical10nautical9nautical11With the spring weather shifting into summer in the blink of an eye, I saw it fit to get nautical and kick the new season off right. In past years, I dressed in nautical inspired ways because I thought it looked cute and it was what I saw others doing. Now that I am truly identifying with my personal style I didn’t seem to fit the cookie cutter look most nautical themes portray. I felt; however, that I couldn’t just take this look off the menu for summer, but rather cater it to a style that reflects me. Nautical fashion is a summer staple that is here to stay, from navy and white, to anchors and boat shoes, it’s a great go-to when the warm weather hits. Play up an old classic to give it a modern twist with some edge. Add your personality and finishing touches and you’ll be ready to tackle the sweltering heat of the summer months without playing a game of “bitch stole my look” with a Sperry mannequin.

1) Distressed Pieces- wearing distressed clothing is and easy way to add an edge to any outfit. Keep the color scheme in line with the old classic, reds, blues, and white, and add some visual interest with different textures, shapes, and styles. This year crochet is a big trend for the warmer months, it will be great for adding an unexpected texture. Fringe is also a good choice for making a bold statement while remaining within the nautical color palette.

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Missguided

ASOS

ASOS

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Urban Outfitters

2)Mixed Metals- For many years mixing silver and gold was a major faux pas. Some still shy away from it, but it’s definitely on the rise. It gives any classic look a splash of modernity. Look for statement necklaces and bracelets that will provide some depth to your outfit. The best part about metals is that they are neutral and can be paired with so many different things, so you will be able to wear these pieces many, many more times.

BaubleBar

BaubleBar

Macy's

Macy’s

3) Finishing Touches- Nothing says edgy like some studs and a dark lip. Put away your anchor accessories and opt for some with rocker-chic studs. Doing so will also add to the mixed metals effect. Try a pair of gladiator sandals for a masculine but still elevated edge. Lastly, throw it back to the grunge era with a dark red lip color to add the final touches to your look.

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack

Sephora

Sephora

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

The nautical style is a staple for summer and will be around for many years. Try experimenting with different variations of the style and cater it to your own personal taste. You don’t have to shy away from a look because you don’t fit the cookie-cutter image of it. Get creative and improve upon the catalog look while remaining true to yourself.

My Outfit Details:

Top: Here

Shorts: Here

Sandals: Similar

Sunglasses: Here

Necklace: Here

Bracelet: Here

Lip color: Here and Here

3 places I would wear this look:

1. Summer Cookout (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.)

2. On a boat

3. Walking around a harbor-side town/city

Spring Blush Crush

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Every season has it’s colors, some trendy, some staples, and others vary by personal preference. Lately, I have been obsessing over dusty pink/blush tones, whether its on my nails, lips, or part of my outfit, I just can’t get enough. In addition to this color being my latest obsession, it is one of the must have colors of the season. I love colors that are versatile and complimentary to a variety of different skin tones and hair colors, making them essential musts for all wardrobes. Not only is a blush shade suitable for many different people based their skin tones, but also for all unique personal styles.

No matter what your day to day style or need is, I’m sure you have room for this color in your life, whether you’re style is business professional, edgy, over-the-top girly, or anywhere in between, you can certainly fit this color into your closet. If your preference is to have an accent piece or a head to toe outfit, you will definitely find something in a dusty pink that suits you perfectly.

1) Business Professional: Your current wardrobe may contain countless blazers, structured blouses, pantsuits, and a whole lot of neutral colors. In the business world, there is always room for a pop of color, especially when that color won’t overwhelm the ensemble, but rather kick it up a notch. Try some pieces that will make a great accent piece to your current structured look. A soft pink pump or a blush manicure are a great place to start. If you’re feeling a bit more wild, try a structured dress, or a pantsuit in the same hue and it may be the refreshing new addition your closet had been needing.

Aldo

                       Aldo


Kohl's

             Kohl’s


Banana Republic

         Banana Republic

2) Edgy: If your style is on the edgier side of the spectrum, look for items that have studs or cutouts, or pair a feminine blush top with a leather jacket and distressed denim. Maybe you’d rather accessorize with a touch of pink rather than dive full in, there are endless possibilities for that case, from bags, to shoes, to scarves, you can certainly find a statement piece that meets your style. Try layering a blush bralette under your favorite studded jacket, or open back top. This will add a touch of femininity without sacrificing your overall look.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen


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Tobi


Neiman Marcus

            Neiman Marcus

3) Girly girl: You should have no issues looking for dusty pinks that fit your girly-girl style. From frilly mini skirts, to crochet blouses, and flowy maxi dresses, there are plenty of options for you. Jazz up your look with a bold print that contains a muted pink or a blush shade to make a major statement without being overwhelmingly pink. A great pairing for a light pink dress or skirt is a denim jacket, it will add some depth to your look while still keeping it ultra feminine.

ASOS

ASOS


Francesca's

Francesca’s


American Eagle

                  American Eagle

As summer approaches, blush is an excellent option to wear to an upcoming wedding, graduation, or other formal event. Due to its immense versatility, you can use accessories to cater the outfit to your personal style. Even if you only want to keep it subtle, I strongly recommend investing in a few blush pieces and they will take you well into the summer months.

My Outfit Details:

Top: Similar

Pants: Here

Sandals: Similar

Bangle: Here

Wrap Bracelet: Similar

3 places I would wear this outfit:

1. Daytime walking around the city

2. Date night

3. Shopping

Safari Craze

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Cargo shorts, khaki vests, and hiking boots are all things you would wear if life ever took you on a safari through the savannahs of Africa.That would be an amazing opportunity, but let’s face it, if you wore this type of gear in everyday life, you might be mistaken for the Crocodile Hunter (RIP). This spring you can channel a glammed-up version of Eliza Thornberry and tackle the jungle of your everyday life, whether it’s urban, rural, or somewhere in between. The spring runways were full of safari inspired silhouettes, colors, and prints making this trend a must-try.

1)Dresses and Rompers: No matter where you go this season, the neutral palette of a safari will fit in perfectly, and also give you an edgy military chic look. Find shirtdresses that have a lot of pocket and zipper details, the more cargo-ish the better! Complete the look with a thick waist belt in a brown to offset the lightness of the beige/khaki dress. If you’re loving rompers as an alternative to a dresses, then a structured olive romper with buttons, zippers, and pockets will certainly do the trick.

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2) Tops and Bottoms: It might be slightly more difficult to put together a safari-wear inspired top and bottom while avoiding looking like you just got back from an excursion. Keep one piece simpler than the other in order to create a cohesive look that isn’t too overwhelming. The color scheme can range anywhere from browns to beiges or olive greens, sticking to this neutral color palette will be key. Incorporate white or black to elevate the ensemble for dressier occasions; for example, an olive shirt with white denim or a black top tucked into khaki shorts. Don’t be afraid to tackle the full on head-to-toe safari color pallete, then leave it to accessories to amp up the glam factor.

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3) Shoes and Accessories: Make a bold statement with some really heavy gold jewelry or accessorize with animal prints inspired by the creatures you’d see on a real-life safari (cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zeebras, snakes). Geometric pieces are also a great option. A head to toe structured, khaki outfit can come across as a bit masculine, so dressing it up with feminine pieces is essential. A heel is a perfect and easy way to elevate any look while making it more feminine. Toss on a scarf, belt, or hat and you’ll be easily distinguished from any tour guide or park ranger.

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The best part of this trend is that you can put it together with an entirely neutral palette; therefore, if you already own some pieces or if you buy them for this look, you’ll be able to wear them over and over again and transform them with different items. Although this look leans more on the casual side, there are still so many places and occasions you can wear it and not look out of place. After-all, life itself is very much like the wild.

My Outfit Details:

Dress: Similar

Belt: Here

Shoes: Similar

Necklace: Similar

Cuffs:Similar

3 places I would wear this outfit:

1. Lunch Date

2. Sunday Brunch

3. Casual Friday